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International Trade

  • September 27, 2018

    Importers Demand Exclusions From $200B China Tariff Hit

    In the wake of President Donald Trump’s enactment of new tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, more than 100 trade associations on Wednesday demanded that the administration establish a process for importers to earn product-specific exclusions from the levies.

  • September 26, 2018

    EU Top Court Remands Infineon's €83M Chip Cartel Fine

    The European Court of Justice ordered a do-over Wednesday for Infineon Technologies AG’s challenge to an €83 million ($97.4 million) fine for participating in a technology cartel that included Samsung and Koninklijke Philips NV, even as it dismissed Philips’ separate appeal contesting a €20 million ($23.4 million) fine.

  • September 26, 2018

    ITC Launches Probes Into Aluminum Wire Imports From China

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened investigations into whether wire imports from China are hurting American manufacturers, according to a Federal Register notice scheduled to publish Thursday.

  • September 26, 2018

    Trump Accuses China Of Election Interference In Trade Brawl

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused the Chinese government of attempting to influence the upcoming midterm elections by attacking his trade policies in U.S. media outlets in the hopes of alienating his base.

  • September 26, 2018

    Synthetic Rubber Cos. Can Fight Dumping Ruling, CIT Says

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Wednesday denied the U.S. International Trade Commission’s bid to toss a challenge brought by synthetic rubber companies against its determination that rubber imported from Brazil, Poland, Mexico and South Korea is injuring domestic producers.

  • September 26, 2018

    Amid NAFTA Clash, Trump Threatens Car Duties For Canada

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday aired his frustrations with Canada’s tough stance in the North American Free Trade Agreement talks and again threatened to move forward solely with Mexico and punish Ottawa with car tariffs.

  • September 26, 2018

    Caterpillar Beats Investor Suit Triggered By Tax Raid

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a proposed securities fraud class action against the Caterpillar construction equipment maker, finding no indication that executives were trying to pull a fast one by diverting a portion of its profits to a Swiss subsidiary in an attempt to save money.

  • September 26, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Chinese Co.'s GSK Probe Suit

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday backed a lower court's ruling that a pair of consultants could not rely on U.S. racketeering laws to hold GlaxoSmithKline LLC liable for allegedly landing them in Chinese prison after duping them into investigating a whistleblower, saying the incident and all the damages occurred in China.

  • September 26, 2018

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Trump's Safeguards Under Fire

    In Law360's latest glimpse at the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, the stage is set for a battle over the Trump administration's safeguard duties on washing machines and solar panels, while the impasse over new Appellate Body members drags on.

  • September 26, 2018

    US, Japan Will Hold Talks For New Trade Accord

    President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday agreed to launch negotiations for an expansive free trade agreement as the White House looks to gather allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • September 25, 2018

    US, EU, Japan Focus On China As Security Tariffs Linger

    Top trade officials for the U.S., European Union and Japan vowed Tuesday to continue working together against controversial Chinese economic policies, but gave no indication that they had resolved the struggle arising out of the Trump administration’s national security duties on steel and aluminum.

  • September 25, 2018

    US Adds 14 Entities To Export Restriction List

    The U.S. has added 14 entities to an export restriction list for their alleged involvement in activities ranging from supporting Russian cyber vandals to aiding Iranian missile programs, according to a filing set to be published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • September 25, 2018

    China Slams Pending $330M US Military Deal With Taiwan

    The Chinese government on Tuesday strongly objected to a pending $330 million sale of U.S. military equipment to Taiwan, saying the deal should be terminated and warning of future harm to U.S.-China relations already damaged by recent sanctions.  

  • September 25, 2018

    US Sets Final Anti-Dumping Resin Rates For China, India

    The U.S. Department of Commerce intends to hit Chinese and Indian producers of certain types of resin with anti-dumping margins after reaching a final determination that the companies are undercutting the domestic market, according to a notice it is set to publish Wednesday.

  • September 25, 2018

    Lighthizer Defends Trump's Hard Line On China

    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer defended President Donald Trump’s aggressive use of tariffs against China on Tuesday, harshly criticizing past administrations’ attempts to deal with Beijing on a diplomatic basis.

  • September 25, 2018

    EU Sets Up Payments Facility To Finance Trade With Iran

    The European Union's top three economies, backed by China and Russia, announced Tuesday they are creating a financial payments vehicle to allow trading with Iran to continue after the Trump administration announced it was withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions on Tehran.

  • September 24, 2018

    UK Court Extends Injunction Against Djibouti In Port Row

    The government of Dubai said that a U.K. High Court judge had extended an injunction against Djibouti’s port operator that bars it from interfering in the management of a port terminal the East African nation seized from operator DP World.

  • September 24, 2018

    CIT Says Taiwanese Cos. Can Challenge Steel Nail Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday allowed two Taiwanese steel nail producers to proceed with most of their challenge to a hefty penalty tariff imposed on them by the federal government this year, finding the foreign producers did have standing to challenge the results of the government's administrative review. 

  • September 24, 2018

    Bribery Indictment Of Manafort Associate Must Stand: Gov't

    A Ukrainian national with ties to convicted Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort should not be able to use a recent Second Circuit decision to escape charges in an alleged bribery scheme involving a $500 million titanium mining project, prosecutors have told an Illinois federal judge.

  • September 24, 2018

    CIT Nixes Chemical Co.'s Challenge To Duty Refund Denial

    An Alabama chemical company can’t get a refund on import duties paid on shipments from India during a lapse in a U.S. trade preference program that eliminated duties on certain imports from developing nations, the U.S. Court of International Trade found in a Monday decision.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • Opinion

    A Case For Impeaching President Trump

    Barbara Radnofsky

    U.S. impeachment practice permits the strategic combination of claims in “omnibus” or “catch-all” articles. With that in mind — and considering precedent set by the Clinton impeachment and others — attorney Barbara Radnofsky offers her version of an omnibus article of impeachment against the current U.S. president.

  • Brexit: Bracing For A No-Deal Scenario

    Ross Denton

    Once considered the “cliff edge,” the possibility of the United Kingdom exiting from the European Union without agreeing on a trade deal has moved from unthinkable to increasingly likely. Both sides are ramping up preparations for a no-deal scenario, which would have significant implications for businesses in all sectors, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie LLP.

  • The Value Of Testifying At Section 301 Tariff Hearings

    S. George Alfonso

    To afford U.S. companies a chance to seek relief from Section 301 tariffs against China, the Trump administration created a hearing process. Testifying at a Section 301 hearing may prove helpful for companies whose products become the target of new tariffs in the coming months, says S. George Alfonso of Braumiller Law Group PLLC.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 2

    Jeff Bialos

    The newly enacted Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act significantly expands the authority of the U.S. government to review and restrict foreign investments on national security grounds. But FIRRMA also has provisions that may exempt some transactions from review, and accelerate review of others, say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 1

    Jeffrey Bialos

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act empowers the U.S. government to review a far broader group of transactions than ever before to determine if they threaten national security. FIRRMA's expansive new coverage includes oversight of real estate investments and transfers of "emerging and foundational technologies," say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Distributors Expose Health, Life Sci Cos. To FCPA Risks

    Mimi Yang

    All companies operating abroad should be aware of potential liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws, but health care and life sciences companies are at greater risk due to the nature of their products and their reliance on third-party distributors in international markets, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.